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The Dodgers-Diamondbacks Brawl, circa 1988

17 Jun

So, we all know there was a bit of a donnybrook last week between the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Suspensions were issued to five players, including ten games to Ian Kennedy and five to Eric Hinske.  In addition, they also suspended some coaches: Mark McGwire, the hitting coach for the Dodgers (I can picture the lessons: “Guys – the trick to hitting? Drugs. Lots of drugs.”) got two games, and managers Don Mattingly for LA and Kirk Gibson for Arizona got one game each.

This got me thinking – what if this brawl had taken place in, say, 1988?  Some pretty big name players from my youth were involved: Gibson, Mattingly, and McGwire, as well as Alan Trammell and Matt Williams, among others.  Yes, I know the Diamondbacks didn’t exist then, don’t ask me questions.  So, let’s go through the list and why this brawl would have been spectacular back then, with the visual aids from 1989 Donruss.

1989 Donruss - Kirk Gibson

1989 Donruss – Kirk Gibson

Kirk Gibson: was the National League MVP for the Dodgers in 1988 and hit a fairly big home run against Oakland in the World Series that same year, so could pretty much get away with anything.  Epic mustache gave him toughness and street cred.

1989 Donruss - Don Mattingly

1989 Donruss – Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly: although he is essentially the only player ever to play for the Yankees not to win a World Series, he owned the city of New York at the time and could have called in some questionable “friends” into any altercation.

1989 Donruss - Mark McGwire

1989 Donruss – Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire: the Steroid Era was in full effect at the time, without all the irritating criticism and judgement from fans that you run into now.  Rage factor of 10/10 would have been interesting to watch.

1989 Donruss - Matt Williams

1989 Donruss – Matt Williams


Matt Williams: still hadn’t learned how to use steroids properly (BA .205 in 1988, .202 in 1989) so could have had an even higher rage factor than McGwire.

1989 Donruss - Alan Trammell

1989 Donruss – Alan Trammell

Alan Trammell: easily could have gotten away with biting, eye gouging or other tactics due to the predictable response: “Alan Trammell was in a fight? Come on, don’t lie to me. I’m not an idiot.”

Sure, these guys have the “grandpa factor” that made this brawl pretty interesting in 2013, but I’d pay money for a quick DeLorean trip back to 1988 to see the fight then.  Tell me you wouldn’t, too.

Newsworthy – Hill & McDonald

25 Aug

2006 Topps - Aaron Hill

2008 Topps - John McDonald

John McDonald made a spectacular play last night for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It sure won’t be the same in Toronto without him, or Aaron Hill for that matter.  Both served the organization well, but McDonald was one of those Rance Mulliniks types that it’s just impossible not to like.  He made plays like this routine.  And as for that Father’s Day home run in 2010, well, I’ve said it before, if that doesn’t make you emotional, you don’t have a soul.

I do feel the need to share something though.  When the Diamondbacks decided to start putting “D-Backs” on their jerseys, did nobody think how much “D-Backs” sounds like “D-Bags”?  You know, like short for douchebags?  I’m not sure I would have made that marketing decision.  But then, I’m not a marketing expert.

Hopefully the Blue Jays don’t fuck up their uniforms too badly for 2012, and we’ll see McDonald wearing one again.

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